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Kota Kinabalu

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A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood. Local and state museums introduce visitors to the diverse history and culture of the state, the town, and the island of Borneo itself. You can book your excursions into the rich wilderness of Borneo here, and arrange the relevant permits for the areas you wish to explore. Many tour groups jump off from Kota Kinabalu every day, using the town's strategic position to access the main natural attractions of the region. Find what you're looking for from your Kota Kinabalu holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy Malaysia tour builder site.
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Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu

In the area of Sepanggar you'll find the main set of hotels, ranging from simple and mid-priced, to the more luxurious with good sea views. Move away from the coast for more space and privacy in resort-style hotels, which offer a range of facilities and comfortable, sometimes quirky rooms and apartments. Farther out still, you'll find backpacker motels, giving easy access to the surrounding natural attractions that, after all, are the primary reason for being here.
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